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Predicting the 2011 Academy Award Nominees - Second-Guessing Edition! PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Sunday, 23 January 2011 17:00

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception

[Author's note: In the 11 days since this article was first published, a number of generally reliable pre-Oscar-nomination indicators have seen the light, including the nominees for several guild awards and the British Academy of Film & Television Awards (BAFTA), and the overall mood of the rooms during the Critics Choice Awards and Golden Globes ceremonies. Consequently, with less than 40 hours to go before the Academy Awards nominations are announced, I've changed my official predictions in a number of categories. Let's see if I turn out to be smarter or stupider in the wake of my last-minute changes! My new picks, along with some commentary, will follow the originally published predictions.]

 

No novelty with a newly expanded field of 10 nominees for the big prize. No ex-spouses dueling for the Best Director trophy. No nutty, left-field Best Picture contenders along the lines of Star Trek and Fantastic Mr. Fox and The Hangover. Where’s the fun in reading predictions about this year’s field of Oscar nominees?

Why, in the possibility of Mike falling flat on his precognostic face, that’s where!

 
The Flicks Are All Right: Mike Schulz’s 10 Most Enjoyable Movies of 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 03 January 2011 06:00

Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg in The Social NetworkBefore commencing with the annual fawning, I thought I’d begin by exercising one of my God-given rights as a reviewer: the right to bitch about the sorry state of movies. I think it’s supposed to go something like this:

Boy, are the movies in a sorry state!

 
The Other Guys: 140 Movies Not on 2010’s 10-Best List PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 03 January 2011 06:00

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg in The Other GuysRunners-Up to the 10 Favorites: Exit Through the Gift Shop, Fair Game, Get Him to the Greek, The Ghost Writer, I Am Love, Inception, The Other Guys, Restrepo, Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, Waiting for “Superman.”

Runners-Up to Those Runners-Up: Babies, Brooklyn’s Finest, Despicable Me, Going the Distance, Hot Tub Time Machine, The Karate Kid, The King’s Speech, Megamind, Please Give, The Town.

And Since it Was Such a Good Year ... : Cyrus, Easy A, For Colored Girls, Iron Man 2, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, Ramona & Beezus, Salt, Tangled, Unstoppable, Youth in Revolt.

 
All About Steve. And Alec.: Notes on the 2010 Academy Awards Telecast PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 08 March 2010 13:26

Best Actress winner Sandra BullockAll told, I thought this year's Academy Awards telecast was awfully satisfying, and I'm not saying that because I predicted 18 out of 24 categories correctly.

Yup. 18 out of 24.

Tying my personal best.

And three of my incorrect guesses were in the short-film categories, where no one knows what the hell is going on.

But I digress.

 
"Locker"-ed and Loaded: 2010 Oscar Predictions PDF Print E-mail
Movies - Feature Stories
Written by Mike Schulz   
Monday, 22 February 2010 09:19

Jeremy Renner in The Hurt LockerOkay, yes, we've been trying this for years. But this time, I think I've finally figured out how you can score 24 out of 24 in your office's annual Academy Awards pool.

 
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